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hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail through a very beautiful forest. The trail gives a feeling of solitude and seems like it is very lightly used. I hiked on a Sunday and saw nobody else. Not much maintenance, especially after the Stone Dam Lake area, where none of the blow down is cleared. It is not a difficult trail in terms of elevation, but you must keep an eye on the markers and look for the very faint trail in some areas. I enjoy these kinds of trails and the quality of the forest here made it an excellent hike.

walking
2 months ago

Not a bad forest walk. The bugs are out this time of year, but not terrible. I was hoping the views at the end would have been better.

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3 months ago

I really liked this trail because of how remote it was and I didn’t see anyone else. It wasn’t too difficult in terms of terrain and the length would make it a good overnight hike (I only did 4 miles total, in and back. I plan on going back and camping to do the whole thing). This would have been a rough trail though if I was a beginner. It’s well marked in some spots but not in others and not well maintained. There are many overgrown spots and downed trees that obliterate the trail making it easy to go off track, which I did once and thankfully realized quickly. The bridge about a mile in is damaged. Passable but sketchy. So, good for hikers with experience or looking for a more rugged hike. Not so good for the newbie.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great quiet hike through mixed forest. Beautiful stream and pond at trail's end. Trail networks with two others for longer hikes.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hiked multiple times. Low bridges flood in the rainy season and very hard to navigate in snow. Dog friendly.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

It was nice, a little overgrown in some spots. When I got there today, my group was the first out there in 3 days and only 2 1/2 pages of visitors this year in the register. It was a very quiet and peaceful hike. The bridge near the one mile mark was lovely. We climbed the big boulder. This was not a difficult hike.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

This is a great hike. It starts out as a very wide trail when you enter it from the North Lake Rd. trail head. You will cross several very small brooks, so small you can step over them. Eventually the trail gets a little rough before you make it to the lake, but just mind the trail markers and you will be fine. This trail makes a couple sharp turns that you may miss and have to track back to if you are not paying attention towards the end (at the lake). There is one rather large brook (Clark Brook) that you have to cross, but you can do it completely on the rocks without getting your feet wet. However, that could change if there was recently a lot of rain or melt.

We went in on April 24th and though some small bass were biting at the lake, there was very little action as far as fishing. I think it was still a bit cold. I did get a few hits from trout in Clark Brook.

When we first arrived at the lake, there was a bald eagle flying right above us. We saw several herons and other wildlife, not to mention the beaver huts. It is a very awesome view up there and is one of the few lakes in the area that you can get close to without having to muck through marsh.

The trail is very quiet. The last people to check in on the trail registry was over a week prior. If you are looking for calm and peacefulness, this is your trail.

I would expect this trail to be the best during the Spring and late summer, into fall. With all of the water areas, I am betting the insects would probably be rather intense during late May into late July. I have a camp about 15 miles from this lake, so I have a bit of experience with that.

This is a perfect day hike. Expect 1.5 hour hike in, but a faster hike out.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

My son and I hiked this in early April after a few days of rainy weather. It is definitely a hike you want to wear waterproof hiking boots on. The trail is very wide and easy to follow. It is a great beginner trail. Towards the end, it gets a little unkempt, but easy still. It is a quiet trail as it is mostly used by snowmobilers in the winter. I would not go on this trail between mid May and mid August because there must be an unholy amount of flies up there during the summer. You will pass numerous swamps and marshes when you come down the 4 hills you traverse during the trek. The lake is also surrounded with marsh. We never went to the actual lakes because it was simply too damp and the weather was due to turn real bad so we only had an hour to hang out there. The outlet is very big though and the dam is a nice spot to stop and rest.

We fished there for some time with worms and lures to no avail. Saw plenty of beaver sign. There is an old dam that is no longer in service that is a wonder to look at. We saw all types of animal dung on this hike but unfortunately the one we came across the most was ahole dung. People have littered in there a little, so we spent some time picking up various coffee cups, beer cans, etc.. Fortunately the closer to get to the lakes you get, the less human evidence you find.

This was a great hike and I would recommend it for getting in shape for longer, harder hikes. Great for people not overly experienced in hiking in the woods because the trail is so wide. It would be difficult to get lost in there, but if you ever did, just head due West. You will either run into the Black River or the trail.

on Stone Dam Trail

Sunday, January 03, 2016

The hike is quite private, and there is a scenic bridge over a creek before a mile in. If you're looking for solitude and a trail you have to keep your eyes on the markers to follow, this is for you.

camping
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hiked from north lake, to sand lake then to Woodhall and back. Total of 38 miles. Did it in 2.5 days. Was a nice view but wasn't the easiest trek

3 months ago

Monday, May 29, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, April 10, 2013